A Guest Writer for NoFakeNews
Some years ago, an esteemed colleague of mine relayed an incident in which she was ridiculed for choosing not to watch the news by a young man who also accused her of being apathetic, ignorant, and uninformed because of this decision. Truth be told, I don’t watch the news either, and surprisingly neither do a startling number of the people I have conversed with over the years.
My friend and colleague didn’t watch the news because she didn’t trust the news and neither do I. When I was in graduate school I had an opportunity to study under a professor that changed the way I viewed the world.
Dr. John Reizer told me many years ago that it’s not just the news, but rather the entire mainstream media that should not be trusted. Dr. Reizer, at the time, explained how all major forms of media in the United States and around the world were owned and operated by a few multinational corporations. He used to explain in his lectures how said corporations would promote the agendas the powers that be desired to be promoted through television programming and print media publications. In his opinion, society was being disingenuously led to believe that it had various choices to receive information from competitive companies that were in reality owned and controlled by an extremely small number of parent corporations. He’d always explain that our collective perception of reality was very far removed from reality.
15 years have passed since I sat in those lectures in the Upstate of South Carolina, but I have always remembered what Dr. Reizer taught our class. I learned many things in graduate school about the human body and how to keep it healthy. Perhaps the most important thing I learned in college was how to really think for myself and to really understand how easily people can become influenced by the media and news companies that constantly surround us with a never ending stream of propaganda.
What my professor was writing and lecturing about years ago has now become the center-point of many important conversations in the present day. Dr. Reizer you were years ahead of your time with regards to this subject matter. It’s nice to see that you have created this wonderful website and are still, to this day, committed to teaching people about the fake news and media companies.
What about you? Do you still watch the news?